If you guys are interested in how to create a really simple flourish you can take a look on my blog here to see how I illustrate mines.
about 1 year ago
Cool, thanks! I love to see process.
Oh excellent, thank you! It's great to be able to see a little more into how you work (and your creepy anatomy of drawing, haha). The last two images at the bottom of the page are gorgeous as well.
OMG thank you! I absolutely love to see process as well and I always wished I was better that this style..
@Claire haha saying it I thought, skeleton sounds so creepy! Thanks a lot!! I hope you enjoyed it :)
@Damaris hope you'll enjoy it! :)
@Lindsay it's really simple to do too, you should try it!
I saw the tutorial! Great!
Thanks @Marcelo :)
Hey Faheema, I just wanted to ask you what your preferred paper is. I know you said you use tracing paper, but do you have a favorite brand??
I've tried a bunch of different papers with Mircon pens and they bleed through OR the traditional sketch book paper gets all gunked up in the pen tip
11 months ago
Hey @Lindsay I don't particularly have a favourite brand. The one I'm using 'Bienfang' which has a black cover and has various drawing media on the cover I had for a couple of years so I've just been using that. The quality even though it's thin has kind of a smooth almost silky surface.
If you do buy tracing paper, look for one that is smooth but also not too silky or then the ink might just glide on the surface and smudge.
It depends on how much pressure you are applying on the pen and the thickness of the paper, also I was having the same problem with the sketch book I had bought a couple of months ago because it feels very grainy like recycled material so I went and got a newer one called 'Ebony' by Daler Rowney which is a brand I used before and love. It's perfect for pencil sketches and inking and it's acid free. It's kind of like water colour paper.
Hope that helps :)
Faheema - that helps IMMENSELY! The sketchbook I am using now is called Pentalic and its commonly used for pencil sketches and it's nice bright white paper, but it just seems to fall apart with any ink! I also think it might be my pens. My Prismacolor pens seem to work a lot better with that paper over the Microns.
I did some custom lettering and I went insane looking for the right type of paper/ pen combination so I could get super clean lines. I never did find that "perfection". The closest I got is pigment ink ens with Canson Marker Pro Layout paper. Its kinda like tracing paper.
@Lindsay Some pens do adhere to paper textures differently, I think it might be that the ink release may either be wetter or dryer in some instances. Staedtler's to me fall right in between (these are the only kind of ink pens for drawing that sell here haha, we have limited resources)
I do hope you find the perfect type of paper, I think sometimes too if you are working on a much smaller scale than a larger scale it may cause a little bleeding if the drawing is small. However you may not need to use tracing paper if you find a nice enough sketchbook, try using a light box to trace if you want to. I use tracing paper because I'm too lazy to put together a mini light box.
@Faheema Patel - yes, i think the ink is a little "thick" in the micron pens. Micron pens are probably the most popular and easy to buy ones around here.
I don't really do much tracing, but I have a light box built in to one of my drawing tables which is NICE!
I'm going to try a few things and I'll let you know if I come across anything fan-tabulous!!
Just wanted to thank you again for your help and your GREAT tutorial! Your work is really amazing and creative.
Oh yea and one more thing. I apparently never learned how to hold a pen/pencil the correct way, so I am pretty sure my writing technique may be the source of at least some of my issues. It's SOOOOO bad!
@Lindsay Naww I don't think the way you hold your pencil has to do with your inking. How do you hold your pen and pencils? Is it comfortable for you?
It's comfortable for me BUT it causes me to grip hard and I think it also limits how long of a flowing line I could make. I am a righty and I basically put the pencil between my middle finger and ring finger where the pencil actually rests on my ring finger top knuckle and my middle finger wraps all the way around it.
Like seen in this picture, but I wrap the front two fingers a little more
@Lindsay Okay I got you, it's not the usual way most people hold a pencil but it's the way you think is comfortable. Practice sketching while holding the pencil with different grips, it's like developing a new habit and comfort zone, doesn't mean you abandon your usual way, it will take time to adjust a bit but it might prove to be beneficial in getting smoother lines because you will be applying less pressure to the pen/pencil. Practice is all you need :)
Thanks again @Faheema Patel - Since trying emulate some of your smooth lines I have actually been practicing and I does make a HUGE difference in my lines, it's just hard for me to maintain that grip because as soon as I loose concentration, i forget and go back to normal.
@Lindsay I think you'll get it under control soon. I forgot to say though, I don't draw like dragging my pen from one end to the next in one go unless I'm drawing with a pen without any pencil marks or without any tracing. If I am tracing I draw one end and then the other and meet the middle in kind of a sketchy way and then go over it to tidy up any roughness or not I end up having a wonky line.
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